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Windows 7: I reinstalled windows 7 (activated), can i restore files from a clone?

27 Dec 2013   #31
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

yea. it's the windows.old folder. i figure since it's a saved folder from a previous installation that it would have a lot of characters for the path. renaming is going to be fun.


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27 Dec 2013   #32
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antonio2501 View Post
yea. it's the windows.old folder. i figure since it's a saved folder from a previous installation that it would have a lot of characters for the path. renaming is going to be fun.
Files are on disk and are valid NTFS names. Not too long at all! If their names were too long.... they couldn't be there. It's the windows shell that's only accepting 260 characters maxmium.

Can you rename c:\windows.old to c:\q succesfully?
To which folder are you trying to copy c:\windows.old ?
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27 Dec 2013   #33
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

just to a harddrive. i'm going to try and rename it. lol.
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27 Dec 2013   #34
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

renemaing it worked. lol.
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28 Dec 2013   #35
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

renaming worked and i was able to save windows old. i have another problem. after saving windows.old, i deleted it, in order to make space and try and back up or clone that version of windows because it is activated. it is on a 3TB hard drive that is faulty. i just need the activated version of windows. is there any way to find out why there is more that 900GB of data that i can't seem to find? it's a newly installed version of windows, with the windows.old folder deleted.
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28 Dec 2013   #36
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

if i use the Andvanced Recovery method to reinstall windows, or use a system image (none at hand gives me the option to factory settings) would i need to reactivate?
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28 Dec 2013   #37
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antonio2501 View Post
if i use the Andvanced Recovery method to reinstall windows, or use a system image (none at hand gives me the option to factory settings) would i need to reactivate?
Yolu always have to reactivate your windows7. You don't have to reactivate in case of "clone" or "system image" restore (to same hardware). Why do you bother?
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28 Dec 2013   #38
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antonio2501 View Post
renaming worked and i was able to save windows old. i have another problem. after saving windows.old, i deleted it, in order to make space and try and back up or clone that version of windows because it is activated. it is on a 3TB hard drive that is faulty. i just need the activated version of windows. is there any way to find out why there is more that 900GB of data that i can't seem to find? it's a newly installed version of windows, with the windows.old folder deleted.
Maybe in a restore point(?)
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics is the tool to use
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28 Dec 2013   #39
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

the thing is i activated windows, luckily. i don't want to reactivate, especially when everyone's told me that i was lucky to activate.
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28 Dec 2013   #40
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

yup. windirstat found a 800GB backup file. lol. thank you.
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 I reinstalled windows 7 (activated), can i restore files from a clone?




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